SIMPLE CASE OF SABOTAGE
Yourself in Your Job Search)
voice inside your head, you know, the one that says, "they would never
hire someone like me," because you are too this or not enough that,
is the voice of sabotage. And as long as you converse about your job
search with that whiny, inner voice, you risk sabotaging yourself
and making that inner voice a self-fulfilling prophecy!
So often we sabotage our job searches by deciding not just that our
negative self-assessments are true, but that they are somehow self-evident
to the people without whom no job search is possible, that is, prospective
employers and leads. The fact that we haven't actually met these people
somehow gets lost, and we eliminate these folks from our "to do" list,
because after all, what's the point? And voila, that great job didn't
go to you or someone like you, just as that inner voice of doom predicted.
Of course, you and others who approached things the same way didn't
give yourselves the chance to be hired, but that's the nature of sabotage.
Does it have to be this way?
Well, no. Rather than dropping out of the "game," identify the concerns
of your critical inner voice. Are there reasons why you might not
be perceived as the best candidate for the job you want? Is your inner
voice trying to show you how to make yourself a better candidate?
Don't succumb to negativity, run toward the opportunity to make yourself
a stronger candidate! Do your homework about the job you want, revise
your resume to reflect your aspirations and strategically position
yourself to be the best candidate. If you need to, volunteer to gain
hands on experience, attend courses, write articles, read trade journals,
or become an expert. Just start doing it. It's easier than you think,
and it's a lot more effective than going through the motions of a
job search, when there's sabotage going on in your head.
Adopting and nurturing a positive attitude in the job search process
is critical to your success. Your inner voice can and should work
for you. Once you learn what to listen for, that inner voice can help
you anticipate the barriers that lie between you and the job you want.
By anticipating the barriers, you can overcome them and become a great
fit for a great job!
Duran wrote this article for Hotjobs.com - a job portal site - in
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